I'm an engineer, living in Yorkshire, UK. When I'm not working on aerospace factory simulation, I like to work for a MUD game called Wormhole.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I signed up with BOINC when I heard that SETI could be expected to yield results within my lifetime. I don't believe that aliens are visiting the Earth (too many naff videos, charlatans and 'contactees' have left me very suspicious of any such claim) but I think SETI is good science, carried out in a professional manner. So if I can hasten the day when an anomalous signal is found, I'm happy to do it!
There are other BOINC projects out there, of course, but I'll stick with the original and best distributed computing project. Unfortunately, the BOINC software for Macintosh is really lousy. You'd think it had been designed by Microsoft or something. But stick with it... Without science, we're just beasts - so do your bit and help a geek today!
It's also a great way to compare various pieces of computing equipment, perhaps to decide what to upgrade, and what to scrap. If running SETI@home leaves your office feeling like an oven, it's time to ditch that inefficient old hardware!